Prorogation (2)

Having read a certain amount about the decision to prorogue parliament today, I am struck by two things particularly. The first is the letter that Boris Johnson wrote to the One Nation group of MPs in order to win their support in July in which he said so categorically that he ‘would like to make it absolutely clear that I am not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of Parliament. As someone who aspires to be the Prime Minister of a democratic nation, I believe in finding consensus in the House of Commons’. He put the issue so beautifully clearly. This was a month ago. How must they now feel if they voted for him ?

The second is that he appears not to have discussed the decision in cabinet, which includes so many, including Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid and Matt Hancock, who have gone on public so recently expressing their extreme hostility to the idea of prorogation. So, it is not just parliament that he has kicked in the teeth, the Queen and his political opponents, but so many of his allies and supporters. How must they feel as they face their families and friends over the breakfast table and have to defend, and support, a decision, which they so vocally don’t and can’t ?

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6 thoughts on “Prorogation (2)

  1. Maurice Davies says:

    The real tragedy of Boris’s tenure may, like that of Trump’s, be the general weary acceptance of obvious lies as a key leadership tactic.

    The real tragedy of the idiot Cameron’s sloppily constructed referendum may prove not to be Brexit itself, but the damage done to the way Britain is governed. It is astonishing that people are talking of civil war, and not solely metaphorically. (There is no comparison with the poll tax ‘riot’, which was primarily a badly policed Saturday afternoon in central London.) The closest the UK has been to civil war in recent decades is the ‘Troubles’. They may return. We have a Prime Minister who seems to be willing to take enormous risks. Perhaps he is relishing the potential fight, either because he is full of spunk, or perhaps to justify restrictions on free speech or freedom of assembly?

    I may be being hyperbolic. I sincerely hope I am, but as Charles notes, a month is an enormously long time in politics and I am fearful for where the nation might be at the end of September.

    • Dear Maurice, Yes, didn’t he describe himself as overfull of spunk as a justification for allowing it to flow so freely ? It’s a characteristic self-dramatisation, an enjoyment of hyperbolic discord, which may be at the heart of current events. Except this time it’s real. Charles

  2. I’m afraid that Boris Johnson is routinely lying to get elected. This is not ‘being economical with the truth’, it is LYING. It should make him unelectable. Let’s hope that people remember this when they come to vote.

  3. Yesterday I bought a copy of Heathcote Williams’ prescient book, aptly titled “Boris Johnson: The Beast of Brexit. A Study in Depravity.” I’m struck by the consistency of his behaviour over the years: wantonly destroying property at Bullingdon Club hazings; cheating in every way possible in university elections; throwing his godfather under the bus for the saucy (fake) quotation that got him fired from the Times; colluding with convicted thief Darius Guppy to beat up a journalist….I’m only part way through the sordid tale but so far nothing in it changes my view of Mr Johnson as a pathological liar and bully – Trump with a (fake) veneer of gentility. The sorry saga continues….May he be – as Hamlet said – “hoist with his own petard.”

  4. Richard Bram says:

    Mr. Johnson is not just lying to be elected, it has been his behaviour throughout his life and there is no reason that he shall ever do otherwise.

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